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10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids

  You probably wouldn’t use old-school phrases like “Wait until your father gets home” or “I wish you were more like your sister” with your kids. But there are lots of less obvious ones that you should avoid, for their sake and yours. 1. “Great Job.” Research has shown that …

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Dry Drowning: Know the Signs

    It sounds scary: A child can seem fine after getting out of a pool or body of water but then start to have trouble breathing an hour — or up to 24 hours — later. You’ll worry a whole lot less once you know the signs of submersion …

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10 Things I Want My Son to Learn Before He Becomes a Teenager

    By Shannon Ralph/The Next Family I have an amazing 11-year-old son. He is smart. He makes me laugh every day. He is kind and he is generous. And despite my nightly pleading to the universe to please — for the love of God — slow down time, my …

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Why I put my kids to bed at 7

  Last week, a fellow blogger shared my post about when your 2 year old is still waking at night.  In the post I talked about our early bedtime and it led someone to leave the comment “Who puts their kid to bed between 6:00 & 7:00 pm?” … so today I wanted to tell you …

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5 Healthy Foods You Should Avoid

  If you still think standard junk food like soda and potato chips are the major dietary danger, it’s time to take a closer look at what you’re eating. Junk food has gone undercover. Today’s supermarket aisles are lined with high-calorie, low-nutrient treats that pretend to be healthy. The formula …

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4 Things Every Parent of Twins Needs to Survive

  Author, poet, storyteller, editor, musician. Wife of one, mama of six. Blogger at Crash Test Parents and Racheltoalson.com I don’t know if I’ve ever faced a harder challenge in my parenting years than raising twins. Maybe it’s because our twins came near the end of the line of boys …

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Why You Should Still Call The Police If You See A Child Alone In The Car

  Have you seen the article going around about the 3 moms whose lives were derailed because they had left their children/babies alone in the car for a few minutes? It seems to be popping up everywhere as it’s written from the perspective of one of those moms. The moms …

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The Burden of Birth Order

   An interview with Meri Wallace My four and seven year-old sat down to draw. My oldest son picked up a pencil around two and has been drawing ever since. His five years of experience shows. His early squiggles now take recognizable forms and the faces of his characters show …

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Little Negotiators

  An interview with Susan Stiffelman, MFT A lawyer once told me in any good negotiation everyone loses something. But when it comes to negotiating with our children, is the loss a healthy power dynamic between parents and kids?  When parents engage with their children in these discussions, are they …

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Ten Things I Want To My Daughter To Know Before She Turns Ten

  My daughter’s tenth birthday is in a couple of months. As I write this she is giggling in her room with two of her best friends. Weekend sleepovers are a staple at our house. Pizza, movies, and giggles. Those giggles, they used to be about dolls, and now they’re …

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